Theme: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things Through GFWC
President's Project: Support the community from the beginning of life to the end of life, especially the children and elderly.
Partnership Project: Easter Seals
To All GFWC Arkansas Extraordinary Members,
Several weeks ago, I heard someone speak about ordinary people who do extraordinary things. We hear about people who are born extraordinary and do extraordinary things everyday like Einstein, Thomas Edison, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Mother Theresa.
Then there are ordinary people who are thrust into extraordinary acts just once in their livers like Father Kolbe who gave his life for a father of ten in a concentration camp, or Jonathan Harris, The Quachita student who died of smoke inhalation in the crash of American Airlines Flight 1460 because he made sure everyone else was off the plane.
Most of us are not born extraordinary. Do you ever wonder what you would do in a crisis? Would you give your life for someone else or help everyone else off a plane?
Someone once said that a person's true character is shown in the slips second decisions made in the first 10 seconds o a choice. Is there some way we can prepare ourselves to make the fish choice when the women of truth comes? Is there a way for an ordinary person as most of us are, to build the character that will make us do an extraordinary thing Can we ordinary people become extraordinary in our everyday life?
I believe that all GFWC members are extraordinary, even though we get little public recognition for it. We become extraordinary through prayer and service to God and His people. We do this through charitable acts that show our concern for others.
Since 1887 GFWC members have been in the forefront of issues that affected our country, state, and towns. We have been involved with libraries, dictionaries, disaster relief, sOperation Smile, and a Shot@Life. We contribute not only money but also time and talent to our community, state, and country. We engage in creative and needed programs that help us develop our God-given talents in a meaningful way and try to be a positive influence on all we meet. We try to make a difference in other people's lives. This is what makes us extraordinary. Our mission is to embrace the prickles of faith working through love in the promotion of justice, equality and the advancement of human rights and dignity for all.
If we do these things as GFWC members, are we not already doing extraordinary things? If we take care of our families, put the best we have into our volunteerism, do random acts of kindness for our neighbors and show by example everyday that we care about children, the disabled, and the elderly, are we not already extraordinary people? We have this opportunity to be extraordinary through GFWC.
An extraordinary member,
Dr. Diana Glaze, GFWC of Arkansas President
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